Philadelphia Dance Projects
Philadelphia Dance Projects (PDP) announces its second annual dance series, Philadelphia Dance Projects Presents 2010, to be held February 26 – March 20. PDP Presents 2010 will showcase thematic, multigenerational programming, pairing the next wave of contemporary dance artists making their mark in 2010 with influential figures from the 1970s and 1980s Philadelphia dance scene. The series will feature performances, film events, workshops, discussions and more by renowned independent dance artists and companies, including the work of both Philadelphia talent and visiting choreographers from around the country.
Philadelphia and Pennsylvania-based artists include Michael Biello and Dan Martin, Jano Cohen, PDP’s Executive Director Terry Fox, collaborators Lisa Kraus, Vicky Shick and Eva Karczag who will present the World Premiere of Red Thread with Meg Foley, Gabrielle Revlock and Michele Tantoco, Megan Mazarick and Kate Watson-Wallace, among others. Visiting artists include The BodyCartography Project (Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad) and Chris Yon of Minneapolis, New York City-based artist Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Jacinta Vlach / Liberation Dance Theatre of San Francisco.
The 2010 series offers an array of stimulating and provocative programs, from the Local Dance History Project which looks at the rise of contemporary dance in Philadelphia, to Next Up which will present work by some of the freshest emerging choreographers, to dance on film with Motion Pictures, and the mobile showcase SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance which taps the country’s finest up-and-coming talent.
Most Philadelphia Dance Projects Presents events will be held at The Performance Garage (1515 Brandywine Street), with additional events at Temple University’s Conwell Dance Theater (Broad Street & Montgomery Avenue). The Motion Pictures series will be held at the International House (3901 Chestnut Street).
Philadelphia Dance Projects (PDP) supports contemporary dance through Projects that encourage artists and audiences to more fully participate and engage in the experience and pursuit of dance as an evolving form. Since its inception in 1993, under the aegis of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Philadelphia Dance Projects has engaged stellar dance artists many of whom were enlarging the modern and postmodern vocabularies with personal and/or cultural explorations in both technique and content. PDP achieves its mission by presenting performances, workshops, classes, a dance-film fest, dialogs and forums for a broad-based audience including artists, aspiring artists, students and the general public. In 2009 PDP launched Philadelphia Dance Projects PresentsDANCE UP CLOSEa full presenting series highlighting national and local contemporary dance artists. The successful series is introducing new artists to Philly and premiering work by some of Philadelphia’s finest contemporary dance artists.
|Two Men Dancing|
Pictured: Ishmael Houston-Jones, Michael Biello (archival); Photo: Thomas Moore
|Kate Watson-Wallace's Everywhere (2010)|
Pictured: Daryl Thompson aka "Raven"; Photo by Lauren Dubowskiki
|SCUBA's Jacinta Vlach|
Photo by Weirferd Watts
Pictured: Lisa Kraus, Eva Karczag, Vicky Shick (front); Photo: Ryutaro Ishikane